Controllers http://machinedesign.com/taxonomy/term/8228/more en Miniature Cartridge Heaters http://machinedesign.com/controllers/miniature-cartridge-heaters <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Cartridge heaters are industrial heating devices used in applications ranging from burn-in test systems, mass spectrometry to temperature management in 3D printing. Here are a few application</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/miniature-cartridge-heaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/miniature-cartridge-heaters#comments Basics of Design Controllers Thu, 12 Feb 2015 22:22:00 +0000 46451 at http://machinedesign.com Motion Control “Right there and on the Spot” for Decentralized Controllers http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motion-control-right-there-and-spot-decentralized-controllers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>An iSA decentralized controller delivers local real-time motion control&mdash;it can synchronize motion axes and cross-communication over several levels. The programmable logic controller (PLC) can also exchange data with other programs over an OPC server, and has gateway functionality for Ethernet/IP and PROFIBUS when connected with other controllers. A CODESYS programming&nbsp;platform enables standard programming&nbsp;according to IEC 61131-3. Real-time control is achieved with a Linux operating system and an EtherCAT master.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motion-control-right-there-and-spot-decentralized-controllers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motion-control-right-there-and-spot-decentralized-controllers#comments Products Controllers Thu, 12 Feb 2015 16:45:00 +0000 46391 at http://machinedesign.com Bigger is Better for Vision430 Controller Touchscreen http://machinedesign.com/controllers/bigger-better-vision430-controller-touchscreen <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Unitronics invites its users to Go Wide with Vision430, a new addition to the Vision controller series. The Vision430 is a programmable logic controller (PLC) with a 4.3-in. touchscreen for easy manipulation of the VisiLogic software. The screen, housed in a flat fascia unit, features onboard digital, high-speed, and analog I/O. Two dozen auto-tuned PID loops are used to control temperature, level, and pressure. The touchscreen allows for direct control by the operator; remote I/O is possible up to 1000 meters. Vision430 works in applications with up to 512 I/Os.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/bigger-better-vision430-controller-touchscreen" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/bigger-better-vision430-controller-touchscreen#comments Controllers Thu, 05 Feb 2015 22:06:00 +0000 46021 at http://machinedesign.com Small-diameter cartridge heaters http://machinedesign.com/controllers/small-diameter-cartridge-heaters <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is the basic design of a cartridge heater? When are small-diameter cartridge heaters called for? How much heat can these small heaters deliver? </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/small-diameter-cartridge-heaters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/small-diameter-cartridge-heaters#comments Design FAQs Controllers Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:58:00 +0000 45691 at http://machinedesign.com Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code http://machinedesign.com/controllers/boiler-and-pressure-vessel-code <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Watlow </div> <div class="node-body article-body">What is Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code, Section IV? What kinds of boilers are affected? How do I know if my heater's manufacturer is qualified? What are the new requirements for these heaters?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/boiler-and-pressure-vessel-code" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/boiler-and-pressure-vessel-code#comments Design FAQs Controllers Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:36:00 +0000 44791 at http://machinedesign.com PLCopen OPC UA Function Blocks Simplify Packaging-Machine Communications http://machinedesign.com/sensors/plcopen-opc-ua-function-blocks-simplify-packaging-machine-communications <div class="field-byline"> Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Leveraging the computing industry’s Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) technologies, PLCopen and other open standards organizations (including the OPC Foundation) developed an open standards ecosystem that simplifies the communications between packaging machines and other plant systems as well as the business enterprise.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/sensors/plcopen-opc-ua-function-blocks-simplify-packaging-machine-communications" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/sensors/plcopen-opc-ua-function-blocks-simplify-packaging-machine-communications#comments Controllers Packaging Sensors Thu, 06 Nov 2014 15:24:00 +0000 44561 at http://machinedesign.com Flexible “High-Performance” Robots Tackle Tough Industrial Tasks http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/flexible-high-performance-robots-tackle-tough-industrial-tasks <div class="field-byline"> From Staff </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Yaskawa Motoman’s HP-series “High-Performance” robots leverage full six-axis flexibility to perform complex handling motions and other operations in a multi-function workcell.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/flexible-high-performance-robots-tackle-tough-industrial-tasks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/motion-control/flexible-high-performance-robots-tackle-tough-industrial-tasks#comments Controllers Packaging Motion Control Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:31:00 +0000 44501 at http://machinedesign.com Motor-Drive Controllers http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motor-drive-controllers <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/06/ElectroCraft-Pro-Series-Controllers.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 200px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />A new range of motion-control products, PRO Series motor-drive controllers, includes brushless motor drives, stepper-motor variants, and linear actuators. The products all feature a fully integrated drive with high-performance closed-loop control, programmable digital sequence engine, configurable analog and digital I/O, and deterministic real-time communications.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motor-drive-controllers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/motor-drive-controllers#comments Controllers Mon, 23 Jun 2014 17:57:00 +0000 38571 at http://machinedesign.com Electronic Controller http://machinedesign.com/controllers/electronic-controller <div class="node-body article-body"><p><img alt="" src="/site-files/machinedesign.com/files/uploads/2014/05/Rexroth-RC4-5-BODAS-controller.gif" style="width: 300px; height: 225px; margin: 5px; float: right;" />THE BODAS 32-bit RC4-5 controller offers a balance of power and flexibility to maximize hydraulic component and overall system performance. The controller is powered by an 80-MHz, 32-bit TriCore chip that combines computational power with flexible inputs and outputs in a shielded aluminum package.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/electronic-controller" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/electronic-controller#comments Controllers Thu, 22 May 2014 21:14:00 +0000 37661 at http://machinedesign.com Real-time Ethernet for Mobile-Equipment Controls http://machinedesign.com/controllers/real-time-ethernet-mobile-equipment-controls <div class="field-byline"> SARI GERMANOS, Technology Marketing Manager and SEAN GRIEVE, Business Development Manager, Mobile Automation, B&amp;R Industrial Automation, Roswell, Ga. </div> <div class="field-deck"> Mobile equipment is getting more high tech, and it’s taxing the limits of conventional control networks. </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Construction, mining, and agricultural machines have become amazing platforms of mobile automation. GPS, for instance, is quickly becoming ubiquitous for everything from grade control on dozers and variable-rate seeding in precision farming, to fleet-management operations and starter-disabling and geo-fencing features that substantially lower the risks of equipment theft and misuse.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://machinedesign.com/controllers/real-time-ethernet-mobile-equipment-controls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://machinedesign.com/controllers/real-time-ethernet-mobile-equipment-controls#comments Construction/Off-road Controllers Thu, 15 May 2014 14:02:00 +0000 37501 at http://machinedesign.com